WhatsApp Now Has Over 2 Billion Users Worldwide

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has announced it has surpassed two billion users worldwide as of today.

The company detailed the milestone in a blog post, stating:

Mothers and fathers can reach their loved ones no matter where they are. Brothers and sisters can share moments that matter. Coworkers can collaborate, and businesses can grow by easily connecting with their customers.

Private conversations that once were only possible face-to-face can now take place across great distances through instant chats and video calling. There are so many significant and special moments that take place over WhatsApp and we are humbled and honored to reach this milestone.

WhatsApp says “protecting our conversations is more important than ever,” reiterating the app’s end-to-end encryption by default.

“Strong encryption is a necessity in modern life. We will not compromise on security because that would make people less safe. For even more protection, we work with top security experts, employ industry leading technology to stop misuse as well as provide controls and ways to report issues — without sacrificing privacy,” explained WhatsApp.

The company says it will “remain as committed as when we started, to help connect the world privately and to protect the personal communication of two billion users all over the world.”